No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts – Gluten Free


Gluten Free Pecan Chocolate Tarts with Pink Ribbon

I made these simple, delicious no bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts to have around the house for grab & go snacks. These are treats that look and taste like the most decadent dessert, but are actually high energy foods in disguise. I am thrilled that my mom and dad are visiting us from NY this week. We are looking forward to a happy week & special Mother’s Day.

No-bake dessert tarts with organic chocolate and pecans

My body doesn’t love flour as much as my taste buds do. These are sinfully & satisfying sweet treats that will leave smiles and not guilt. These are quick and easy to prepare so you can spend more time away from the kitchen & enjoying your weekend.

Child art with tart dessert

Here chocolate is partnered with the most delicious flourless/gluten free tart shell you will ever sink your teeth into. The toasted nuts make it taste like there is loads of butter in these tarts and there is none. This dessert should suit anyone. Vegans, gluten free & dairy free diets can all be satisfied.


Gluten Free Raw Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Makes about sixteen 2 inch tarts (you can make more or less, just adjust ingredients using similar proportions)


  • 1 cup toasted Pecans
  • 3/4 cup pitted dried Medjool Dates
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • 8 ounces your favorite Chocolate, about 1/2 oz of chocolate for each tart
  • 8 ounces unsweetened Soy Milk, Rice Milk or Heavy Cream


Pre heat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Place pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toast pecans for about 10 minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned. Watch that they do not burn. Lets nuts cool in baking sheet. Add pecans, dates and salt to blender or food processor. Combine in processor until finely ground and the “dough” sticks together when pinched. Chill dough in fridge for about 15 minutes, so it isn’t too sticky to work with.

Line a mini tart pan with plastic wrap. Press pecan/date mixture into pan. Gently take mixture off tart pan with plastic wrap, then peel off wrap.  This dough is very fragile, so be gentle. Freeze tart shells for about 15 minutes, until firm.

Bring soy milk, rice milk or cream to a boil in a medium pan. Put chocolate in a medium bowl. Take hot milk off the stove and pour onto chocolate.  Stir and let the chocolate melt. Remove tart shells from freezer and add spoonfuls of creamy chocolate ganache. Put filled tarts into the fridge for about an hour or so to set.  Your tarts will last quite a few days in the fridge sealed in a airtight container. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap & baggies to store in the freezer for a few months.

*Once they get to room temperature the tarts soften quite a bit. Serve them on a plate with forks because they are crumbly.

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~ Marla Meridith

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89 thoughts on “No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts – Gluten Free

  1. Oh cool! My mom actually really likes chocolate. I hope I can win this for her, since I won’t be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with her. I’ll probably just give her a call, since she LOVES hearing my sweet, sweet voice. 😉

  2. These look great – I bet my mom would like them, too! She loves the date balls I make, and the tart shell looks like it follows those lines 🙂
    Glad you get to spend your mother’s day with your mom & rest of your family. Happy mother’s day to you, too! 🙂

  3. I’m reading this on a break at work (I’m a nurse and I’ve been on my feet all day) and that chocolate is making me drool! I’ll be driving 3 hours this weekend to go “home” to visit my mom. I haven’t actually seen her ON Mother’s Day in 6 years!

  4. In honor of my mom who LOVED chocolate, I will
    say delicious, delicious, delicious.. just like all your posts!!

  5. The tarts look beautiful!!!

    For mothers day I’m having lunch with my best friend who is a NEW mom! So its a special one! I of course call my mom and tell her how much I miss her (she lives in FL).

    And I love chocolate and would be happy to splurge on these bars!

    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

    Georgie Fear RD

  6. I just saw a recipe for almond flour chocolate donuts and then I find this awesome giveaway for chocolate. Thank you!

  7. For Mother’s Day, my husband and I will be cooking (and grilling) for my mother, his mother and step-father. My brother and his fiancee will join us too. Should be lots of fun.

  8. Marla — beautiful photography…those chocolate tarts look so good! Have a great mother’s day weekend! =)

  9. Oh my gosh, I’m a huge fan of Newman’s Own products (so sad that he passed away). I haven’t tried all those delicious chocolate flavors, so I would love to win some and eat!!

  10. On Mother’s Day, I’ll be spending the day with my in-laws, but I’ll definitely be calling my own mother and her gift is already in the mail 🙂

  11. These tarts are brilliant, Marla! Healthy, yet still decadent (the perfect combo 😉 ). I hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day, sweetie!

  12. Oh, just pass that bowl and a big spoon. Yum-o!

    I don’t know what we’ll be doing for Mother’s Day, but I know talking to my mom and sisters will be part of my day.

  13. I love that you said you don’t really like to bake, because neither do I. It just doesn’t come naturally. I love to cook because you don’t have to deal with precise measurements.

    I’m actually out in the desert now for a Father Son Golf Tournament for my son’s high school and will be back at the coast in time for Mother’s Day. We will be doing brunch down at the Harbor. Totally relaxing!!

  14. I am hoping to spend some quality time with my family on Mother’s Day and if the weather cooperates go for a long walk.

  15. The Arty Tarty pic is my fav! Fun tarts. I just made some similar ones recently. Hilarious that a chocolate company would choose you to send product to… Miss Vision of Great Health. And, Mother’s Day is the ocassion for a little indulgence, for sure. For me, any time there is chocolate is the time for indulgence. 🙂

    1. Oh Victoria , you always make me feel good! “Miss Vision of Great Health” don’t worry, true to my reputation I eat very little chocolate!

  16. Happy Mothers Day to you and all the other moms! These tarts sound right up my alley too. Do you think almond milk would work? I thought heavy cream was a must for ganache and now you’ve got me wondering with your other options!

  17. And for another shot… I’ll be driving down to PA with my hubs and mother in law to visit her side of the family. But I get to see my mom tonight for dinner 🙂

  18. Oh lord do these look good! As you know, I love to bake, but I’m all about sinlessly easy treats as well.

    I love Newman’s Own products…they are so delicious and are also really wholesome! Awesome giveaway.

    For Mother’s Day I’ll be baking my mom a cake and heading over for dessert in-between intense amounts of studying for an exam I have on Monday. Have fun with your parents and happy Mother’s day to you sweetie!

  19. Happy Mother’s day to you..great treat, easy to make and guilt free I love the arty tarty pics, so cute..great recipe as always, enjoy your day..


  20. These look delightful! Once again your photography is amazing. The dates in the recipe do scare me a little though (I never eat dates). I imagine you can’t really taste them though… is that the case?

    1. Nope you can’t taste the dates, I tell you this tastes like some really decadent crust! I don’t think you will be disappointed! xo

  21. My mother doesn’t approve of the commercialism of Mother’s Day, so I am making a charitable donation (to a cancer research foundation) and doing some gardening.

  22. I would love to win this chocolate because I recently began learning about and experimenting with gluten-free cooking!

  23. Since I live in Philly and my mom lives in CA I won’t get to celebrate in person for a couple of weeks when I go home, so tomorrow I’ll call her to wish her a happy mother’s day and then spend the day relaxing in her honor!

  24. I think I became a fan of your facebook page – I know I copied your asparagus recipe for my son – it looks yummy!!

  25. and in hopes of beating out my daughter for this fabulous looking prize – i think i became a fan of Newman’s Own 🙂

  26. I made these with roasted almonds, and I used 4 oz 2% milk and 4 oz heavy cream for the filling. They turned out very good, but I have to keep them frozen otherwise they turn too gooey. I didn’t have a tart pan, but I did have some silicon muffin cups, and then I just push the frozen tart out of the cup to eat.

    You’re right about the dates making for a tasty crust. I’d never guess that’s what is in there, but it adds just a hint of fruitiness.

    1. Isn’t it amazing how many ways we can go about making these tasty tarts? Glad to heat you enjoyed them. The silicon muffin cups are a great idea, so is the freezer.

  27. Hello! Just thought I’d let you know that I adapted your recipe for the tart shells and blogged about it on my site (I don’t know if I’m allowed HTML or not in my comment so I won’t risk posting an HTML link and looking like a fool). The shells were absolutely wonderful. I used peanuts instead of pecans, but I’m sure that both are DIVINE. Thanks for posting your recipe!

    1. Hey Christine, thanks so much for your sweet comment. I am glad you loved the tart shells….I am digging the idea of using peanuts instead of pecans. I am a nut junky so any experimentation is always fair game over here. I will pop on over to your blog to check out what you did. Enjoy!